It’s that time of year again — time to hit the pavement. The warm weather is a sign that running reason is in full swing. And while the warmer weather is motivation to run, proper food fuel will make your run that much more enjoyable. Here are some foods to get you going:
1. Coconut water
Coconut water is naturally hydrating which is ideal before or after your next run. It contains natural electrolytes like sodium, magnesium, calcium, and potassium as well as easily digestible carbohydrates.
2. Dried fruit
Dried fruit like banana chips, dried cranberries, and dried cherries contain energizing carbohydrates to fuel you for your run. Not to mention that they’re the perfect on-the-go snack.
Watermelon is loaded with hydration that’s perfect for cooling you down after a long run. It also contains fueling nutrients like potassium and carbohydrates.
4. Leafy greens
Avoid the anemia that can occur after a long run by dosing up on leafy greens. It’s important to enjoy your share of iron-containing foods to prepare yourself for your next big run.
5. Whole grain pasta
The night before a long run fuel up with some whole grain pasta. It’s even better when paired with some iron-containing lean read meat.
Nutrition plays a huge role in your athletic performance. Be sure to feed your body the fuel it needs!
Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.